Top Gear Crew Will Fill In Chris Evans' Spot, No New Presenters Planned

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Chris Evans’ spot in the Top Gear team will not be filled by a new member. Shortly after his announcement of stepping down from the Top Gear crew and after a claimed sexual assault in the 1990s, rumors suggesting a potential replacement for Chris Evans came back to public attention.
However, the BBC does not plan on hiring a new presenter to replace Evans, the Evening Standard reports. Instead, the remaining team at Top Gear will fill in his spot as they resume filming in September.

The news comes from a BBC spokesperson, who confirmed that the next series of the program that used to be the world’s most popular car-focused show would continue without any changes in the current roster.

The 24th series of BBC’s Top Gear will begin filming this September, and no new members will join the team. Instead, the other presenters will host the program, and most fingers point to Matt LeBlanc as being Evans’ direct replacement.

Most likely, the other team members will get more screen time to replace the host that quit the show after just one season. The BBC spokesperson who confirmed that the network is not looking for a replacement also stated that Evans decided to leave the show on his own, and the channel “fully respects his decision.”

Evans motivated his decision to leave because he felt that there is no more he could do to improve Top Gear. The show suffered its worst ratings in decades, and it is up to Sabine Schmitz, Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Rory Reid, and Eddie Jordan to shape up the next season in a more attractive form.

As you already know by now, the BBC is not a fan of scandals, and the investigation on sexual assault charges that Chris Evans is facing would not bring any good to the network. In an ironic twist of fate, Jeremy Clarkson departed the BBC and changed Top Gear as we know it after a scandal.

Instead of low ratings or other problems, Clarkson’s departure from the show that made him a household name started with a fracas, during which he punched one of the program’s producers after discovering a catering issue.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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